Dec 07, 2019 2:00 AM

Joan "Momma Jo' Gaither 1936 - 2019

Posted Dec 07, 2019 2:00 AM

Joan “Momma Jo” Gaither, 83, died late Thursday evening, December 5, 2019, at Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph, MO.

Joan was born September 22, 1936, at Sparks, KS, one of seven children born to Oscar and Hazel Mooney Simpson and was a lifelong Doniphan County resident. She grew up at Sparks where she attended school and worked to obtain her GED. She and her husband Joe Sisk made their home in the Sparks/Highland/Troy communities where she worked for Whitaker Cable, Noma Lights, and Mead Products all of St. Joseph. She and Joe later divorced but still maintained a strong presence in Joan’s life thru the years. She later married Art Gaither. They drove an over the road tractor trailer rig for many years. Joan was probably best known for being a school bus driver for Highland Schools for many years. She was devoted to her family, well known her gravely voice, her quick wit with a filter, sometimes not. Once you proved yourself to her, you were friends for life, OR, the reverse!!

Joan was also preceded in death by her parents, sons James Sisk, Billy Joe Sisk, daughter Karen Baskins, sisters: Mary Kay Simpson, Helen Baxter, Wilma Laverentz, Maxine Caudle, a brother Junior Simpson, grandson Ronald Sisk, Jr.

Survivors include a daughter Veronica Sisk of St. Joseph, two sons Ronald Sisk (Sharon) of Gravois Mills, MO, Scott Sisk (Tammy) of Hiawatha; a brother Robert Simpson of St. Joseph, 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.

A Celebration of Joan’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland. Angie Cluck will officiate. Interment will follow at Iola Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Tuesday where the family will meet that evening from 6 until 8. Memorial contributions are suggested to Paws 4 Autism sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, 66035.

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Ona Lucille Dame (Gilliland)  1931 - 2019

Ona L. Dame, 88, of Atchison KS died on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2019 at the Atchison Senior Village.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2019 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Lucas officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens, Atchison. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 2019 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Faith Bible Fellowship Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Remembrances and condolences may be left online at

Ona was born on Jan. 25th, 1931 in Atchison KS the daughter of Jesse and Grace (Hurst) Gilliland. She graduated from Atchison High School in 1949. Ona worked as a teacher for the Oak Grove School, Doniphan County, KS from 1948-1951. She later worked in the cafeteria for the USD # 409 from 1981-1996. She was a member of the Faith Bible Fellowship and the Atchison Area Retired School Personnel. Ona enjoyed reading, cross-stitch, quilting, and baking pies for her family and grandchildren. She was married to Raymond E. Dame on Sept. 22, 1950 at Carol Baptist Church. Mr. Dame preceded her in death on July 17, 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis R. Dame, James E. Dame, and Daryl M. Dame all of Atchison KS, a daughter Sherry A. Baker, Kansas City, MO, two brothers Tom Gilliland, Atchison KS and Richard Gilliland, Leavenworth, KS, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Her parents, a brother, Jack Gilliland, two sisters, Bonnie Middleton and Una Willis, and one great grandchild also preceded her in death.